Jun 022014

Question by Cade: What is a career in Neuroscience like? ANYONE with neuro experience please!?
What is a career in Neuroscience like? ANYONE with neuro experience please!?
IN CLASS what should I expect? A lot of reading? Memorization? Hands on? How many years does it usually take before you are in a lab and able to work on research? Is the field competitive? I want to do lab research. Is the pay good (although not in it for the pay) and finally how math heavy is it and what can I do now as a new college student taking basic classes to prepare myself?

Interested in neurophysiology branch
Sorry first half got cut off. Basically I said when I think of neuroscience first thing that comes to mind are those 3D animations you always see on tv shows.


I have no other real experience of working in a lab I never took those sort of classes in grade school.

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Answer by Talono
I don’t know much about neuroscience, but I do know a few general things:

If you expect to do any kind of science-related research work, it will always be math heavy.

Biology is always especially heavy on memorization.

There really is no time requirement to start research. Since you’re in college, you can start research as an undergraduate through your college’s mentoring programs, various undergraduate research programs across the country, or by asking a professor. Afterwards, you can go to Grad school to do more research. After Grad school, you’ll probably do a postdoc or go into industry. If you’re really good, you can get hired by a university.

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Jun 062013

Question by Imad N: What are the difference between these Neuro- terms?
I am confused between these terms:
Can you please tell me what is the difference between them

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Answer by jannsody
The “merriam-webster dictionary” (as opposed to “just” websters) defines “neurology” as “the scientific study of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves) especially in respect to its structure, functions, and abnormalities.” (Just an fyi that “ology” means “the study of”, and “neuro” stands for “nerve,” “nervous tissue” or “nervous system”.) Therefore, a neurologist is a medical doctor (licensed physician) who specializes in those with disorders of the nervous system.

I’m just an everyday person, but neuroscience deals with the study and research of disorders of the nervous system. A neuroscientist usually has a Ph.D. in order to possibly get a job performing clinical research. People interested in neuroscience may first get a bachelor’s in cognitive (thought processes) science and/or linguistics (but not necessarily “just” those major/s).

The “medi lexicon” site — and just an fyi that the url/uniform resource locator is “.com” which usually means commercial or for-profit — merely defines neurophysiology as “physiology of the nervous system” :) According to the same site, a physiology is “the science concerned with *normal* vital processes of animal and vegetable organisms rather than to their anatomic structure, the biochemical composition, or how they are by drugs or disease.”

With regard to neuropsychology, it is the study of how the brain affects behavior. A clinical neuropsychologist needs a Ph.D. in order to possibly get a job. They may work with people with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), stroke (“brain attack”) which is a type of brain injury, dementia (cognitive decline) or other neurological disorders that affect cognition and behavior of the individual.

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